A food company in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, has been fined 1.4 million yuan ($225,481) for storing 32.86 tons of expired papaya products, some of which had been frozen for more than five years, Qianjiang evening news reported on Tuesday [7 July 2015]. The products, confiscated at a storage facility in Jiangbei district in Ningbo, had expired more than two years ago, according to Wangwei, an officer responsible for market supervision in Jiangbei district, Ningbo…Full Article: China Daily July 2015

Key Point

  • At least 25 tons of expired frozen papaya products were sold to a Chinese food processing plant. Additionally, the company sold expired frozen papaya to a Suzhou-based (Jiangsu province) company that produces fruit juice and jams.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2014, China cultivated 8,500 hectares of genetically modified papaya (e.g. Huanong No. 1 – Papaya ringspot virus resistance), which was nearly a 50% increase from 2013’s area under cultivation.

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